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Author Ross, Robert E., 1981-
Title The Framers' intentions : the myth of the nonpartisan Constitution / Robert E. Ross.
Imprint Notre Dame, Indiana : University of Notre Dame Press, [2019]

Author Ross, Robert E., 1981-
Subject United States. Constitution. 1st Amendment.
United States. Constitution. 12th Amendment.
Political parties -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
Political parties -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Constitutional history -- United States.
Founding Fathers of the United States.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 273 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Antipartyism and the Constitution : reassessing the Constitution-against-parties thesis -- Antiparty constitutionalism and the tradition of political parties -- Partyism prior to the Constitution -- Partyism and the First Amendment : organizing opposition and the partisan press -- Partyism and the presidential selection system : the Twelfth Amendment and political opposition -- Partyism and organized opposition in elections -- Partyism and the Electoral College : completing the Twelfth Amendment -- Partyism, the Elections Clause, and the House of Representatives -- Partyism and the Twenty-Fourth Amendment : entrenching the two-party Constitution.
Summary "Robert Ross addresses a fascinating and unresolved constitutional question: why did political parties emerge so quickly after the Framers designed the Constitution to prevent them? The text of the Constitution is silent on this question. Most scholars of the subject have taken that silence to be a hostile one, arguing that the adoption of the two-party system was a significant break from a long history of antiparty sentiments and institutional design aimed to circumscribe party politics. The constitutional question of parties addresses the very nature of representation, democracy, and majority rule. Political parties have become a vital institution of representation by linking the governed with the government. Efforts to uphold political parties have struggled to come to terms with the apparent antiparty sentiments of the founders and the perception that the Constitution was intended to work against parties. The Framers' Intentions connects political parties and the two-party system with the Constitution in a way that no previous account has, thereby providing a foundation for parties and a party system within American constitutionalism. This book will appeal to readers interested in political parties, constitutional theory, and constitutional development"-- Publisher's description.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 17, 2019).
ISBN 9780268105525 (electronic book)
0268105529 (electronic book)
0268105510 (electronic book)
9780268105518 (electronic bk.)
9780268105495 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
OCLC # 1091236726
Additional Format Print version: Ross, Robert E., 1981- Framers' intentions. Notre Dame, Indiana : University of Notre Dame Press, [2019] 9780268105495 (DLC) 2019002908

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